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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-93-027
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Synopsis: AT 9:34 A.M. ON JANUARY 18, 1993, NORTHERN INDIANA COMMUTER TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT (NICTD) EASTBOUND COMMUTER TRAIN 7, TRAVELING FROM CHICAGO ILLINOIS, TO SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, AND NICTD WESTBOUND COMMUTER TRAIN 12, TRAVELING FROM SOUTH BEND TO CHICAGO, COLLIDED AT MILE POST (MP) 61.1 IN GARY, INDIANA. TRAIN 7 AND TRAIN 12 CONSISTED OF TWO AND OF THREE PASSENGER CARS, RESPECTIVELY. TRAIN 7 PASSED A STOP SIGNAL AT MP 61.2, AND ITS LEAD CAR 27 BLOCKED WESTBOUND TRAFFIC WHERE THE TRACKS INTERSECT. AFTER TRAIN 12 CROSSED THE GARY GAUNTLET BRIDGE, THE LEFT FRONT CORNER OF ITS LEAD CAR 36 STRUCK THE LEFT FRONT CORNER OF THE TRAIN 7 LEAD CAR 27. AS A RESULT OF THE COLLISION, 7 PASSENGERS DIED AND 95 PEOPLE SUSTAINED INJUREIS. THE ESTIMATED DAMAGE FOR BOTH TRAIN WAS $854,000.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION: DEVELOP IMPROVED PROCEDURES FOR DETERMINING FITNESS FOR DUTY FOR RAILROAD PERSONNEL IN SAFETY-SENSITIVE POSITIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: GARY, IN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA93MR002
Accident Reports: Collision between Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Eastbound Train 7 and Westbound Train 12
Report #: RAR-93-03
Accident Date: 1/18/1993
Issue Date: 1/7/1994
Date Closed: 1/23/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Public Transportation Association (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Public Transportation Association
Date: 1/23/2002
Response: The Safety Board notes that APTA has participated in the North American Rail Alertness Partnership (NARAP) Strategic Plan, which was developed to identify, recommend, and provide solutions for determining fitness for duty in railroad operations. The primary objective of the NARAP was to evaluate and reduce fatigue-related risks, and thereby, to improve safety in the rail industry. APTA also assisted the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in the development of fatigue countermeasures for the railroad industry; these guidelines have been distributed throughout the industry. Although a valid mechanism to determine fitness for duty does not exist, and could still be years away, APTA's addressing this recommendation through education of transit employees is an acceptable alternate response. Safety Recommendation R-93-27 is therefore classified "Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: American Public Transportation Association
To: NTSB
Date: 4/19/2001
Response: 1. APTA member participation in North American Rail Alertness Partnership Strategic Plan (initiated 1997). 2. APTA partnership with Federal Railroad Administration development of presentation to industry on "Fatigue Countermeasures." (1996) 3. ATPA development of Commuter Rail Safety Management Program includes elements pertaining to "Employee Safety Programs" and "Drug and Alcohol Programs." (Initiated 1996) 4. APTA Commuter Rail Conference sessions on fatigue and fitness for duty. 5. APTA testimonies to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee/Subcommittee on railroads, citing APTA activities and commitment in addressing fitness for duty and other safety issues.

From: NTSB
To: American Public Transportation Association
Date: 8/16/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE LEARNING OF ANY ACTIONS THE APTA HAS TAKEN OR INTENDS TO TAKE TO ADDRESS R-93-27, R-96-21, R-96-47, R-97-08, AND R-97-45.

From: NTSB
To: American Public Transportation Association
Date: 4/1/1994
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION IS FUNDING RESEARCH ABOUT FITNESS FOR DUTY. THE RESULTS OF THE RESEARCH MAY ASSIST THE APTA IN DEVELOPING IMPROVED PROCEDURES. PENDING AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW ANY NEWLY DEVELOPED PROCEDURES, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-93-27 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: American Public Transportation Association
To: NTSB
Date: 2/10/1994
Response: JACK GILSTRAP, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT STATED THAT THE FTA HAS FUNDED A RESPONSE PROJECT ENTITLED "FITNESS-FOR-DUTY TESTING IN THE TRANSIT WORKPLACE" AUTHORIZED BY THE INTERMODAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EFFICIENCY ACT OF 1991. THE PROJECT IS UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM (TCRP). THE TCRP IS OPERATING THROUGH AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FTA, THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ACTING THROUGH THE TRB, AND THE TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION A NONPROFIT EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH ORGANIZATION. THE FITNESS-FOR-DUTY PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST 31, 1994.